Nova Scotia

Rescue terms for all-girls school rejected

School board officials in Sydney, N.S., say a man's offer to buy Holy Angels High School from the Sisters of Notre Dame can't be accepted in its current form.

School board officials in Sydney, N.S., say a man's offer to buy Holy Angels High School from the Sisters of Notre Dame can't be accepted in its current form.

That means the future of the only public all-girls high school in Atlantic Canada remains up in the air.

Sydney businessman Danny Ellis offered to buy the school for $500,000, but that deal is contingent on signing a lease agreement with the school board.

Ellis said he proposed a seven-year lease at about $110,000 a year after which he'd sell the school back to the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board for $1.

Board chair Lorne Green said the board is not prepared to accept the offer in its present form.

He said he has concerns the arrangement would ultimately leave the board responsible for costs over and above the rent, including heat, lights, maintenance and snow removal.

"We've sent it back with obviously some conditions with it," Green said. "I don't know what the next step will be, depending on what this individual does. The ball is in his court."

He said a final decision will be made at the next school board meeting on Feb. 28.

About 300 girls attend Holy Angels, which was established in 1885.

The school board has leased the building from the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, but the order decided last year to sell the building and adjacent convent.

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